SirSeth

SirSeth

Lives in United States Hagerstown, United States
Works as a Teacher
Has a website at wallygoots.smugmug.com
Joined on Feb 8, 2004
About me:

My plan is to ever improve my trade, my hobbies, and my relationships with family, friends, and my God. My trade is teaching Math and Computers. My primary hobbies are lutherie (guitar building) and photography. My God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us for our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us. If you have questions or gripes about my God, I always enjoy talking with someone who is a seeker. Rock throwers are rarely convinced of anything spiritual and I can respect their desire to believe differently than myself.

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sneakyracer: With larger sensor mirrorless cameras getting smaller and better, Olympus better up their game or their small sensor cameras will become a tough sell. The magic is in the lenses (also the AF and EVF).

Greetings Just, what do you mean you do not need 600mm on FF with the D800 for the same reach? The field of view is double when comparing a FF sensor to 4/3rds. Are you talking about crop mode on the D800? Then you have 16mp APS-Cish performance from a 400mm lens that is roughly the same as the 300mm f4 on m4/3rds. However, 400mm Nikkors are $3000-12,000 and would weight twice to 3x the E-M1 + Zuiko. Also, there are really nice wide angles for micro and the 7-14mm looks very good. The old 4/3rds 7-14mm left nothing to be desired as far as optical quality. Just wondering where you are coming from with your comments because they seem to all but ignore price, size, weight, and comparative IQ of a highly cropped FF image. Of course the E-M1 has a crop mode also giving a narrower angle of view when needed. Not that I am against FF, I'd like one of those too, but the price and size differences for maximum reach are gigantic. That's why many are enthused about longer lenses for mirrorless.

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SirSeth: The size and projected quality looks very good to me. I will be very curious indeed about the pricing, as it could mean a complete shift for me. No lens that gives 600mm field of view on FF would be close to hand holdable, but this looks like it may be (especially with Oly's excellent 5-axis IS). The wide angle will be great if it's anything like the former 4/3rds 7-14mm. I would think $1500 each would be competitive, but I'm guessing they will be a little higher.

That's nice. Let's look at the Nikon mentioned. The D800 + 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 would cost $5600 and would weight about 80oz. I would like that setup too. However, if the 300mm f4 is about $1500, then the the E-M1 + lens would cost about $2500 and will probably weigh about 48oz. (estimating on a 30 oz. weight for the lens. Body is 18oz.) So about half the weight and $3100 less is a pretty large difference on the cost and hand holding for longer periods side of things. This is precisely why I think that long lenses for micro4/3rds has a good future. Especially as AF is really improving in leaps and bounds. The E-M1 also has a crop function. I was using my MF Tamron SP 300mm f2.8 with crop and getting shots hand held. That's 840mm equivalent in FF speak. Yeah, so light gathering is nice too which is why I'd like to collect the whole set. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 16:02 UTC

The size and projected quality looks very good to me. I will be very curious indeed about the pricing, as it could mean a complete shift for me. No lens that gives 600mm field of view on FF would be close to hand holdable, but this looks like it may be (especially with Oly's excellent 5-axis IS). The wide angle will be great if it's anything like the former 4/3rds 7-14mm. I would think $1500 each would be competitive, but I'm guessing they will be a little higher.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 22:49 UTC as 67th comment | 22 replies
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MPA1: I hope the next iteration of the EM-1 gets much better high ISO performance and two card slots - then I can finally get my DSLR kit sold off.

Just curious, but how "much better high ISO" would you think to be realistic and what DSLR kit are you now using? I used the E-M1 for a month and it's on par with my K5iis for high ISO which is considered very good. The E-M1 is already leagues better than former Olympus DSLRs like my former E-3. But if you are expecting A7s low light capabilities, then dream on. Now two card slots and a battery grip for large capacity batteries I could go for, but I'm not expecting miracles on top of already very competitive high ISO for a crop sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 22:40 UTC
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 comments in total)
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SirSeth: Whoa guys! Wait until you see the image quality before you go judging this new Brick. ;)

Now that's a feature I could go for. Call it the "smile bling" filter?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 22:31 UTC
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 comments in total)

Whoa guys! Wait until you see the image quality before you go judging this new Brick. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 13:19 UTC as 89th comment | 2 replies
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marc petzold: Ah, Mitakon names mFT simply M43....i 1st thought about a typo, and M42 lens mount.Mitakon/Zongyi isn't a bad brand, for example their Lens Turbo Mk. II is a way good product - way cheaper than the overpriced Speed Booster from Metabones. I have 2 Mk. I and one Mk. II Lens Turbo for C/Y Mount.

m43 is think is more common than M43 as a short hand. What have you noticed?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 01:48 UTC
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Timmbits: I don't get what the hoopla is all about, as Samsung's 45mm f1.8, also costs $349... and I can assure you, it is a solid performer - not only are the optics great, it even has autofocus at that price.

I get that the NX lens is not near f1.2, but we do know that it doesn't need to be stopped down to get decent IQ, and the NX lens adds all the autofocus hardware, wich also costs money. So it appears not to be the bargain it is made out to be, just a reasonable price.

I'm curious to see lab test results of this lens. Let's hope the IQ is good!

Olympus also has an AF 45mm f1.2 that performs wonderfully for only $299. Ooops, sorry I meant f1.8. Only six tenths difference--what's the bid deal? ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 01:45 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)
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Joe Mayer: No real surprises. The mk2 seems a tad better than mk1 and still far behind FF.

There already are APS-C and 4/3rds cameras that jump ahead of FF--depending on one's particular priority list. We know that screaming high ISO isn't one of those areas. But just like you can't beat physics, you can't cheat economics, value for dollar, practicality, carry-ability, and convenience.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2014 at 23:56 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)
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Just Ed: Having a problem finding that "Puke color" referred to in another article. ;-)

Maybe it's a matter of how the original 7D handled white balance in real life? I don't know, but there is a big difference between my Olympus, Pentax, and Canon files in real life that doesn't seem as apparent in studio samples where colors look mostly alike.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2014 at 13:23 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)
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PedroMZ: Am impressed ,given its considerably smaller sensor, how well the Olympus OM-D compares to the others . Jpegs have obviously been sharpened more but in RAW details are still very competitive at least to ISO 1600 .

I've been shooting 4/3rds and APS-C for a long time and in DSLR days Olympus was sourcing inferior sensors which caused a lot of folks to think of the size of 4/3rds sensors as much smaller than they are (conclusion was exaggerated because of under-performing sensors). Truth is, most of the size difference is in width as APS-C is 2:3 aspect ratio. Also, I think many people don't realize that APS-C sizes are different from each other. The area difference between 4/3rds and Sigma APS-C is less than the difference between Sigma APS-C and Pentax APS-C for example. Anyhow, Olympus learned to eek a lot of IQ out of pretty bad sensors back then and now that they are sourcing really good sensors, they are really competitive. The OM-D is as good as my K5iis IQ in practice.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 20:47 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)
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Joe Mayer: No real surprises. The mk2 seems a tad better than mk1 and still far behind FF.

Question is how intentional is it that it's a tad better without poaching FF territory? Very safe. No surprises.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 20:29 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)
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Just Ed: Having a problem finding that "Puke color" referred to in another article. ;-)

Isn't that because the "article" was referring to the original 7D? I think color would be considered an improvement in version 2.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 20:27 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)
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icexe: People criticizing this must either not know or must have forgotten that Pentax has always been known for their eccentricity. They know they cannot hope to compete on the popular market the Canon, Nikon, or even Sony, so they go after the niche markets.

In this case, they made a camera that's aimed at the demographic who wants a camera that can also be a fun, quirky fashion accessory. This is the DSLR my 14 year-old daughter would choose, without hesitation, if it was sitting on a shelf next to a line of standard black DSLRs.

If that market is out there, why not go after it?

I agree. Why not try for young photographers looking to accessorize their wardrobe with a camera. Photography is a visual art--so one color cameras really don't make much sense. Same thing with aftermarket car stereos, phones, purses, cars, paint jobs, nails, shoes, earrings, watches, jackets.... Pentax should do well with this, but they really have to get them into big box stores next to black Nikon D3200 type monotonous cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 03:08 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (475 comments in total)
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Terapixel: I'm just a still shooter, so that 85% is way lower when video is not taken into account, below 84%. So for just still shooters Fuji X-T1/ Samsung NX-1 is more interesting (not talking about Bokeh).

A stills only review? I'd like to see a voice quality only review of the iPhone 6 and Nexus 6.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 14:25 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (475 comments in total)
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Red Colorado: "The GH4 also has one of the smartest combinations of touchscreen and viewfinder we've seen. The option exists to allow you to conintue to use the touchsceen to position the AF point while looking through the viewfinder. More importantly, you get to choose whether touching the screen makes the AF point jump to the corresponding position in the viewfinder (Exact mode) or whether it merely moves from its current position, based on the direction you swipe your finger (Offset mode)."

This is simply awesome.

Indeed. I love it when a company comes up with something so obviously brilliant first. I always think to myself--"why couldn't I have thought of that!"

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 02:25 UTC
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)
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SirSeth: How long do you predict it will be before Canon, Nikon, and Pentax realize that mirrorless is worthy of their high end customers?

I'm not sure what you mean Joe. If the cost was so great to retool for the mirrorless they already have, why not then make something that's actually nice. Canon, Nikon, and Pentax already have very safe, not competing, entry level mirrorless options. If they retooled to do that, why not to do something that shows a little more commitment?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2014 at 02:07 UTC
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)

How long do you predict it will be before Canon, Nikon, and Pentax realize that mirrorless is worthy of their high end customers?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 15:18 UTC as 51st comment | 2 replies
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1659 comments in total)

Canon: Now Shooting Blanks.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 15:15 UTC as 428th comment | 1 reply

I think it's expensive, but considering the lens it will be a deal when the LX200 comes out. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 21:20 UTC as 138th comment
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